Stop racial biases in helping behavior and healthcare
Did you know that previously conducted research showed that racial minorities have a greater risk for undertreatment of acute pain?!
Well, this is the case, since a lot of doctors often underestimate how severe the pain of a minor patient is. On top of that, a lot of minorities do not have or have limited access to the right pain care due to poorness. Some researchers state that this is because of a lack in the quality of pain assessment of health care workers towards racial minorities. Besides pain assessment of pain of racial minorities, the level of empathy of a health care worker also plays a great role in providing the right pain treatment. Higher empathy levels can lead to a better relationship between a patient and their doctor, improvement of the satisfaction of the patient and enhancement in the diagnostic accuracy of a medical professional.
It is important to have further look at these factors and how these can influence racial biases in health care. The more knowledge we gain about these factors, the more we can improve the quality of health care, since pain increases and poorly treatment of pain can have great consequences not only for the patient as an individual but also for society.
And this change starts with you!
This is why we are conducting our research to see if there is a relationship between the levels of general empathy, helping behavior, and pain assessment. Additionally, we are adding the influence of attention to our study, which makes our study a whole new approach to this area of research. We do this by letting participants do an attention task, a task in which they need to assess pain by the use of vignettes (short stories about in our case a person and their pain and pain faces), and fill in a questionnaire, to measure the level of general empathy of the participant.
We think that the greater the level of empathy, the higher the chance someone is willing to help someone in pain.
So, what do you think?! Let’s treat diversity as one unity